As you know from my Halloween post, Yago chose our family’s costumes this year. I was searching my blog for last year’s family to link back and realized that I never posted that blog. I will eventually have to go back and do a post on last year’s birthday. Just for fun, here is last year’s family picture. And yes, my sister-in-law, Paloma photoshopped our ears.
Anyone who knows Yago knows that he LOVES super mario. In fact, months before Halloween, he declared that he would be Yoshi. He went on to say that Santi would be Mario, Daryoosh would Toad, and that I would be Princess Peach. Unfortunately, a Toad costume in toddler size did not exist anywhere this year, so Yago agreed that Daryoosh could be Luigi. (And what a cute Luigi, I must add!) In case you missed the family picture, here it is.
To say that I had fun with this theme would be an understatement. I wanted to write a post crediting all of the sources of my ideas, especially if anyone else is thinking about a Mario themed party!
The first thing I did was do an internet search. What did we ever do before Google? I found this blog with tons of ideas! Can I just say that I love CoolPartyBlog.com? My new saying is that you can learn how to do anything you want because chances are, there’ll be an instructional video of it on YouTube! Well, CoolPartyBlog.com’s writer makes YouTube videos with step-by step instructions on some of the templates and crafts she has come up with!
For example, I made these reversible Mario/Luigi hats (UPDATE: The templates have been removed from the cool party blog and I do not have them. Besides, they are not mine to give.)
Because I didn’t want to mess with glue or buying mustaches, I made the kids mustaches on a stick! (Even though he’s holding it backwards in this photo)
From the CoolPartyBlog again, I downloaded templates from this link to make Yoshi goodie bags (UPDATE: This link also no longer available.)
I then used leftover scraps from my Mario/Luigi hats to make some of these mini mario and luigi favors (UPDATE: templates no longer available on the site). I substituted tootsie pops for the super blow pops. I used glue dots to secure the hats, but they did not always stay on securely. I used some scrap styrofoam and an old flower pot and I created a little centerpiece for the table. The template for the paper mushroom is from this site.
My friend Jessica offered to make Yago a Toad smash cake. Check out the awesomeness! (I made the cupcake stand with help from this site, I ordered the cupcakes from GiGi’s –only two swirls of frosting instead of 3–, and I photoshopped and printed out the cupcake toppers on matte photo paper with clipart I found on the internet):
And as if we didn’t have enough sweets, my friend Vicki at Cookiemeister.com made these fabulous Mario-themed cookies. (DELICIOUS!)
Thanks to Santi (aka Super Mario), our garage was converted to a party room. We had some Blik Mario wall stickers left over after decorating Daryoosh’s room before he was born. We used these and computer print-outs to decorate the garage. I also printed coloring pages from the internet and had the kids color them during the party and add to the decorations.
I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun planning a party. I can’t wait for next year’s theme. I’m trying to plant the seeds of a medieval themed party for next year. The only problem is that I will probably have TWO boys with strong opinions next year instead of just one.
Thanks to all of the folks who helped me pull this off! I couldn’t have done it successfully without you!
*affiliate links below for some of the plates and napkins I purchased for the party from amazon.com!